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Jesse Lopez Announces Release of Romantic Single, “Way Past Words”

A Matador at heart with the soul of a romantic Jesse Lopez’s songwriting is seeped in his Mexican-Italian charm. The new release, “Way Past Words” was co-written with Ryland Fisher and proves to listeners his vocals match his lyrics. Download and stream the new music on all digital music platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Pandora and more here.

Rising Singer-Songwriter Jeffrey James Releases Emotive Video For Stripped-Down Version of New Track “Like Love”

Rising pop-crooner, Jeffery James, has released the music video for his latest single, “Like Love,” exclusively with IndustryMe. The song was introduced as a double-release with the infectious FutureTrips Remix leading as a quintessential summertime groove and the original version, serving as an emotive stripped-down piano ballad.

Exclusive Premiere: Jeffrey James Like Love Video

Marbs Defines Sound in ‘Beyond The Wall’ EP

Desert Hearts Black recently celebrated its first birthday. Marking the occasion today is none other than label co-founder himself, Marbs, with his first solo work on the imprint, ‘Beyond The Wall’—as well as Andreas Henneberg, who has also been brought on as a remixer.

Candlebox Releases New Song “Let Me Down Easy”

Legendary Alternative Rock Band Candlebox have released a brand new song entitled “Let Me Down Easy” via Pavement Entertainment. This is the first glimpse of new material since Candlebox’s 2016 critically acclaimed album, Disappearing in Airports, which delivered the chart-topping single “Vexatious” and found the band touring for over 2 years in support of the release.

Lead singer Kevin Martin reflects on the message of the song, saying, “We’re all sinners. Ain’t a saint amongst us, and you can only hope that when your time comes it’s not a struggle, that maybe you might be lucky enough to be forgiven for your sins and allowed into the gates of heaven because you are aware- that is.. if that’s what you believe in!”


New Yorkers are legendary for their resilience – as their response to the COVID-19 pandemic has proved once again. Dave Koz celebrates their remarkable resolve with his new song and video, “Summertime in NYC” ft. Brian McKnight on vocals. Produced by Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken (Rihanna, Christina Aguilera) alongside Koz, it’s the first track to be revealed from the nine-time GRAMMY® nominee’s latest album, A New Day, set for October 9 release. Earth, Wind & Fire percussion legend Ralph Johnson sets the tone on the exuberant track.

STRFKR returns with their second album of 2020

While there were four years between STRFKR’s 2016 album Being No One, Going Nowhere and their recently released Future Past Life, the mere months that followed resulted in the inspired and quickly-architected Ambient 1. STRFKR’s sound has morphed over the years through variations of hyper catchy, danceable pop, but this is something very different. For a little shy of an hour, Ambient 1 drifts through softly glowing electronic instrumentals that extract the synth core from the group’s well established synth pop sound. It’s patient, playful, and calming music that travels through passageways of chaos and anxiety on a journey towards healing..

The Ghost of Paul Revere – New Album ‘Good At Losing Everything’ – Out Now

Aiming to create a sense of community with their music, The Ghost of Paul Revere examine life’s ebbs and flows through a distinct and dynamic distillation of folk, bluegrass, rock, and alternative music on the new album. The collection finds the Maine-based band firing on all cylinders as they explore themes of triumph, loss, satisfaction, heartbreak and love. Good At Losing Everything is fueled by shimmering piano, sweeping guitar, soaring harmonies and punctuated by unrestrained rock ambition.


London singer/songwriter/producer Khushi has announced he will be releasing his new EP titled INSTINCTS on September 25th via Warner Records. He also shares a powerful new song and captivating video titled “I Know.” It’s the first piece of music since his major label debut album Strange Seasons – which was mixed by James Blake – arrived back in January. The new song and video, directed by Gus Black, pick up where Khushi’s album left off, but in a completely different setting. In the visual, Khushi is left to his own devices, alone for a day and night in a Southern California desert.

Artist: Lucus M Walker – Track: Never Trust the Teller

Lucus M Walker is a Dubai based singer songwriter. His twenties were spent playing drums and writing songs for various bands; while working as a designer in his home town of Leicester, UK. It wasn’t until his late 30’s that he decided to go it alone, and started to write and demo music for his own project. After a couple of years gigging as a solo musician, and a brief hiatus living in Greece to escape the Britain; he finally pulled a group of musicians into the studio and began to record his first album.

OBSIDIAN KINGDOM Shares Macabre Music Video for New Song, “THE PUMP”

Belgian post-rockers OBSIDIAN KINGDOM have teamed up with New Noise Magazine to premiere the macabre music video for their new single, “THE PUMP.” The song is taken from the band’s upcoming opus, ‘MEAT MACHINE.’

Video Premiere: Obsidian Kingdom – ‘THE PUMP’


Young & Free continues to play an integral role in reaching this generation for Christ with their revamped contemporary approach. Recorded in Sydney, Australia, “ALL OF MY BEST FRIENDS” was born out of collaboration, unity and seeking to express the raw, bright-eyed passion of Hillsong’s youth group. The new project captures the uninhibited feeling of discovering the love of Jesus and is a reminder that we are all connected to each other.


R&B superstar KEM released his uplifting new album today, LOVE ALWAYS WINS (Motown), a powerful testament to his hopeful outlook despite current times, a reminder of the power of love and a project he calls his most personal yet. LOVE ALWAYS WINS, which includes features from GRAMMY® Award winners Toni Braxton, Erica Campbell and acclaimed musician Brian Culbertson.

Ondara’s “Mr. Landlord” video debuts

The video for “Mr. Landlord” from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ondara premieres today. The video is directed by Jolynn Minnaar, shot in Cape Town, South Africa, and features young dancer Phikolwethu T Z Luke, who is training at the Jazzart Dance Theatre, based at the Artscape Theatre Center in Cape Town. Of the video, Minnaar notes, “Across the world and particularly in South Africa, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought long-persisting inequalities and social injustices into sharp focus.

Swedish Blackened Death Metal Legends NECROPHOBIC Release New Single & Video For “The Infernal Depths Of Eternity”

Today Swedish blackened death metal legends NECROPHOBIC release a new single and video for “The Infernal Depths Of Internity,” the second blistering take from their upcoming album Dawn Of The Damned. The new record, previously teased by first single/EP “Mirror Black” has been hailed as their undoubtedly most diverse and elaborated album to date and will be released on October 9th, 2020 via Century Media Records worldwide.


Skip Marley, whose history-making global hit “Slow Down” with Grammy© Award-winning artist H.E.R. reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Adult R&B chart this past spring – a first for a Jamaican-born artist – releases his anticipated debut EP, HIGHER PLACE, via Tuff Gong/Island Records. (Please see complete track listing below.) The 7-track project was named Higher Place as a call to action to Skip’s generation, fans, and listeners to inspire people to ascend to a higher place of love and level of consciousness.

Lukas James debuts new touching ballad, “I Do”

“I Do” was produced by Matt Beckley, who has also produced tracks for notable artists such as One Republic, Camila Cabello, Machine Gun Kelly, Rita Orta, among others. The track was mixed by John Rausch who has recently collaborated with Taylor Swift, Pink, Florence + The Machine, Foxes, Colbie Caillat, Birdy, Gavin DeGraw and more. Lukas’ stunning vocals and the track’s fluttering instrumentals result in a touching and melodic track sure to steal the hearts of everyone who hears it.

Artist: Lachie A’rden – Track: Into the Night

Lachie A’rden fuses deep house / house and dance to create a unique modern and uplifting sound of today. Originating from Australia based in London, Lachie found music as a source of positivity and inspiration after a life changing event helped him find a new path.

Riot Ten & Whales Drop “Save You (Feat. Megan Stokes)” Remix Package

Riot Ten & Whales’ heavy-hitting collaboration “Save You (feat. Megan Stokes)” receives a bass-laden remix package compliments of Kompany, Ace Aura and AFK. The bundle is rounded out with Riot Ten’s official “Save You” VIP mix, twisting the melodic single into a menacing thrasher.

“Save You” is one of the standout singles from Riot Ten’s recent Hype or Die: Emergence EP, released June 2020 via Dim Mak. His first multi-track release of the year, Hype or Die: Emergence presents a mature palette of sounds, blending future bass, hardstyle and Latin instrumentation amongst his signature dubstep drops, boasting collaborations with DIESEL (aka Shaquille O’Neal), T-Wayne and Bok Nero, amongst others.

Brazilian born, London based alt rock artist Marcelo Deiss – “Gridlock”

Spending time in both London and Sao Paulo, the musician is able to explore new sounds as well as new topics. Influenced greatly by visual artists such as Steve Cutts and John Holcroft, Marcelo’s songs revolve around the struggling underclass, with anthems about anti-establishment, anti-capitalist and anti-war. Marcelo shares, “Cutts and Holcroft’s work embodies a powerful and scary message about humankind which we can all really relate to as human beings. Their work really helped create a clear vision of what I was trying to achieve sonically.”

Melody Federer explores relationship flux in new song ‘The Wonder Years’

Today, veteran songwriter Melody Federer releases her new single “The Wonder Years” – the track exclusively premiered via MxDwn earlier this week. MxDwn said “the song’s opening offers an instant look into Federer’s Texas influences, with a twangy acoustic-electric guitar strumming out chords while a pokey riff accompanies it. Federer’s voice enters the mix after a few bars, showcasing her ability to craft honey-sweet melodies with her dreamy, slightly-twangy delivery.”

mxdwn PREMIERE: Melody Federer Lets Her Mind Wander on New Song “Wonder Years”

Hiroki Tanaka (ex-YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN) shares new single “Inori”

“”Inori” is based off of the hymn of the same name by Genzo Miwa. I took the harmony and melody of Miwa’s hymn, and wrote about my feelings of helplessness when caregiving for my uncle and grandmother.

The lyrics at the beginning of the song are about the first time I had to take my grandmother to the hospital – the first of many – and it was a real shock to see my grandmother so frail. It was complicated too by this feeling that if she didn’t return from the hospital, that this would be it, that I would lose my grandmother, the house, a lot of my childhood memories.

Alok x Vintage Culture ‘Party On My Own’

Brazilian superstar acts Alok and Vintage Culture have debuted their highly-anticipated new single ‘Party On My Own’ with FAULHABER. Set for release on Friday, August 28th via CONTROVERSIA, the single is the first collaboration between the two Brazilian artists who will both donate their own royalties from the single to benefit the Fraternidade Sem Fronteiras (Fraternity Without Borders) and the AACD (Associação de Apoio à Criança Deficiente (Support Association for Deficient Children).

Chicago R&B artist Matt B shares new single “I Spoiled You”

Chicago R&B artist Matt B serves up another delicious treat, with his new single “I Spoiled You”. A silky-smooth R&B pop track reflects on an unbalanced relationship, as bittersweet lyrics reflect “baby, I spoiled you”, realizing where it all went wrong. VENTS Magazine premiered the single, sharing “the beats alone will hook you in from the get-go, with its haunting yet sexy vibe that captures the mood and melodies of the mid 00s with some subtle hits to Cee Lo Green and Justin Timberlake.” “I Spoiled You” teases a taste of Matt B’s upcoming album EDEN, due out next year.

PREMIERE: International R&B / Hip-Hop Artist Matt B Releases New Single “I Spoiled You”

LISTEN: Sonn Reveals Full ‘Something, Safe’ EP on Independent (fka IndiePop!)

What began as a seedling in London has blossomed into Sonn’s debut EP on Independent, ‘Something, Safe.’ The record releases today, with the five-piece offering featuring vocalists Lontalius, T.Evann, and Tamu Massif.

‘Something, Safe’ marks a new direction for the burgeoning talent, inspired by his hometown peers actively in the live music scene. Having come from a background steeped in indie electronica, Sonn began to feel an increasingly close connection to the art of songwriting and collaboration in addition to raw, instrumental sonics. These elements stayed at the forefront of his psyche as he went to take a year-long sabbatical in Penang, Malaysia, where his new interests continued to grow and refine.

Artist: Armon Font – Track: Empty Highway

Garnering millions of hits world-wide with his “Up On The Housetop” trap remix, Armon Font, a 26 year old DC native, delivers a wide variety of musical styles with energetic and emotional harmonic movements.

Empty Highway is a down tempo track that transcends into a tropical drop that will inevitably make your head bounce. Vocals are provided by Armon’s talented friend, and fellow artist, Isabel Camilla Pacheco.


Today, 22-year old Cleveland artist, Ty Bri emerges as the next young female rapper to join the new class with the release of her debut mixtape, Sweet Lick. She also shares the visual for the bouncy Philly Ferrari produced cut, “Wake Up” featuring ATL rapper Mulatto. Click HERE to watch the video which premiered earlier today on NYLON.

Ty Bri also announces that she has signed with District 18 Entertainment/Capital Structure/RCA Records. District 18 Entertainment is the joint venture with RCA Records founded by Brooklyn Johnny who is best known for developing the career of Cardi B and in this newly formed partnership he will work on building Ty Bri as the next rising star.

Buffalo Trio 14 trapdoors Traverse Space-Time in “Love” Visualizer

Buffalo trio 14 trapdoors (Short Moscato, Wza, and Bendyface) specialize in offbeat rhymes about their substance-friendly lifestyle. Continuing their effort to help put their city and unique flows on the map, they’ve teamed up with fellow Buffalonians, DNTWATCHTV and Medusa, for “Love,” a laid back new track. Produced by Camoflauge Monk, who layers reverbed-out guitars over subdued drums, “Love” is a tongue-in-cheek ode to self-love, complete with dexterous verses from all five emcees. The song comes with an eye-popping visualizer, created and conceptualized by Mi6fit, which brings each emcee through cross-dimensional vortexes that change shape and color to the beat of the music.

Reeko Squeeze takes no prisoners on the Ghosty-produced ‘Once’

South London’s Reeko Squeeze is quickly staking his claim on the drill scene. Just check the amount of “slept on” comments under the Lewisham rapper’s YouTube videos. Reeko has now linked up with Ghosty, the producer responsible for some of the biggest hits by Headie One, Digga D and Unknown T, for another heavy-hitter, ‘Once’.


Los Angeles based artist and activist Monique DeBose is calling the masses to action with her powerful new single “Rally Call.” The song is a call for liberation, an anthem for the disenfranchised. It was on this day in 1955 that Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle’s home in Money, Mississippi, by two white men after supposedly whistling at a white woman. His body was found days later, and both of his murders were acquitted by an all-white male jury in just a matter of hours.

MONOWHALES Release New Single “All or Nothing”

Toronto indie-alt band MONOWHALES have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting new bands in the Canadian musical landscape. Their 2019 single “RWLYD (Really Wanna Let You Down)” broke the record for the highest-charting song by an unsigned band when it peaked at #2 on the Mediabase Canada Alternative Rock Chart in early 2020.


When discussing Brooklyn, it is evident that there is a growing subgenre of hip-hop that is shifting the landscape of not only the music industry, but the sound of rap music. Drill, a style that originated in Chicago, IL, later emerged in the UK and found a home in Brooklyn, is a gritty sound that caters to those with an ear to the streets with a love for trap beats. Bizzy Banks is one of the voices in the Brooklyn drill scene worth mentioning, with an infectious sound earning the respect of acclaimed rappers such as the late Pop Smoke, who regarded him as a rising rapper to look out for. “Bizzy Banks has emerged as the latest up-and-comer in Brooklyn drill.” – Pitchfork